The Zimbabwe military’s coup against Robert Mugabe was not about political liberalisation and democracy. Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and other military commanders staged the “smart coup” to a) save the ruling Zanu PF party from disintegration b) install Emmerson Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor and c) safeguard their own personal and economic interests.
After allegedly staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean military read out a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), on Wednesday morning.
Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to his recent firing by President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s vice president. In a statement, Mnangagwa, who has already fled to neighbouring South Africa to escape “incessant threats” to his life, suggested that he’ll wrestle Mugabe for the leadership of both the ruling Zanu PF party and Zimbabwe.
In a development that’s likely to doom his re-election prospects during the much-anticipated 2018 elections, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe just fired his long-time Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with immediate effect.